- Adapt Your Style: Coaching, Consulting, or Facilitating
- Great Books for Mastermind Groups to Read Together
- Mastermind Group Facilitator Training Class
- Setting Yearly Goals: Is Your Group Asking You To Grow?
- What Are You Most Proud Of?
- When Is It Time to Leave Your Mastermind Group?
- Napoleon Hill and Mastermind Groups
February 23, 2015
Because a mastermind group is a balanced and equal process where everyone should be participating in the discussion, people like you and I who are consultants/teachers have to change our normal communication style to allow group discussions to flow. And if you’re a trained, professional coach (I’m talking about the ICF standards of the coaching profession), you’ll have to unlearn some of your communication style to become an extraordinary mastermind group Facilitator.
It took me a long time to master this!
If you’re a teacher or consultant…
In some mastermind groups, the Facilitator is the expert (that’s why they want to join your group). I was so used to giving advice and being seen as “the teacher” and “the expert,” that I had to shift to a new mindset: “The answer is in the room but it doesn’t have to come from me.” Definitely, the answer shouldn’t come from me first: the point of a mastermind group is that the members coach and advise each other.
So being a Facilitator doesn’t mean you never speak during the Hot Seats, it just means you encourage the answers to come from the group first. Then, if the group misses something crucial, you can join in to add the missing pieces.
Once I absorbed that, it was incredibly freeing to not have to be the only one with the answer. The power you feel when the discussion gets deep and productive is amazing, and you wouldn’t want to stifle that by always being the one with the answer.
If you’re a professional coach…
I graduated from CoachU. It was imbedded into my consciousness throughout my professional coach training that coaches do not advise, they are not directive, they don’t tell the client what to do.
The whole idea of a mastermind group is to share advice, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices. For professional coaches, this can cause some angst: Can I still be a coach and a mastermind group Facilitator? Can I still use all these wonderful coaching skills I have?
Of course, the answer is yes. So many of the skills you learned in coach training (listening, co-creating the relationship, designing actions, etc.) are hugely valuable in a mastermind group. You can even ask coach-like, non-directive questions. But you’ve got to be willing to give advice and share ideas, too.
Think of it this way: we can use all our skills and talents in a mastermind group. Imagine a career where you can use the combination of your coaching, teaching, consulting, and group dynamics skills, all at the same time!
Just remember, as the Facilitator, you’re the last to speak, not the first. Keep that forefront in your mind and you can’t go wrong.
By Karyn Greenstreet | |
February 12, 2015
One of the most insightful and inspiring things I’ve done with mastermind groups is to choose a book that the group reads and discusses together.
It’s an amazing journey of discover when you read the same chapter together, yet each person finds different themes and elements, and ways to apply the chapter to their lives.
Consider reading these books with your mastermind group:
- The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (there’s a workbook available for this)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (there’s also a workbook)
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (there’s also a workbook)
- The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential by Tony Buzan and Barry Buzan
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
- Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn (Audio CD)
- Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne Dyer
- Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland
- Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
By Karyn Greenstreet | |
January 23, 2015
This class is for people who are ready to take their mastermind group facilitation skills to a whole new level. It’s perfect for people who already have a mastermind group formed, or are starting a new one!
Learn the expert facilitator’s art of being the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.
Class starts January 26 (…but there are only 20 seats in the class!)
You Will Learn
In this 9-week teleseminar series, you will learn about:
- Using the six Mastermind Process Techniques
- Your role and responsibilities as a mastermind group facilitator
- How group dynamics impact your group
- Group Facilitation skills for mastermind group facilitators
- Creating and using a Mastermind Group Facilitator’s Journal
- Creating a Mastermind Member Journal to use with your members
- Creating trust in your group
- Helping members make decisions and choose a course of action
- Enforcing group guidelines
- Handling problem members
- Tracking group member progress
- Creating and using Prep Forms, Mastermind Matrix and Group Evaluations
- Closing your meetings
- Dissolving your mastermind group
- PLUS: Get live, hands-on practice with your mastermind facilitation skills!
FOUR Great Bonuses
Bonus #1: A 62-page student guide in PDF format, chock full of advice and checklists, plus forms and worksheets for you to use as a Facilitator and to give to your members.
Bonus #2: Six streaming internet videos of a real mastermind group, so you can watch and learn from Karyn as she facilitates a mastermind group!
Bonus #3: A great way to get new members for your mastermind group! Once you register for the teleclass, you may list your mastermind group for free at The Success Alliance website, which receive 23,000 visitors annually looking for mastermind groups. You will receive an email with instructions on how to list your mastermind group once you register.
Bonus #4: You’ll get access to my private Student Website, where you’ll get more resources, and an online message forum where you can stay in touch with the other class participants during the 9 weeks of class. Access starts the day class begins.
What Students Say…
The class was excellent and filled with fantastic information. I am confident the class provided me with the foundation I need to launch my first Mastermind group.
The templates, instruction and rich conversation provided an excellent opportunity to learn and think outside of the box.
Length of Workshop
The teleseminar series begins January 26. We meet one hour each week, for 9 weeks.
All class sessions are 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM eastern.
For more details, and to register:
What Students Say…
Karyn’s Mastermind Group Facilitator Training was truly superb. She has the unusual ability to present rich detail which will be invaluable to me in leading Mastermind groups, while not overwhelming us with details, and keeping the big picture clear and focused. The most effective teleseminar I have ever taken!
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By Karyn Greenstreet | | |